Six word Saturday

How do you feel about steps?

Of course, it does rather depend what you’re climbing to see?  The views of Florence are magnificent, but I have good news for you.  The number 13 bus will take you up to Piazzale Michelangelo.  So, no need to worry for your September visit, Gilly.  I think you’ll love it!

Should you be really ambitious (or foolhardy!) there are more steps on offer, to take you up to San Miniato al Monte.

He looks like Mafia but I think he was a good guy!

I had hoped to time my arrival for evensong and the attendant Gregorian chant, but my plans were a little awry that day.  The beautiful and unexpected cemetery was some compensation, and the church had a wonderful aura.

The way back down was more gentle, through lush greenery, and lead me past the tower of Porta San Niccolo, originally part of the city walls.

Those doors look intriguing, don’t you think?

I apologise if you’re bored with my current obsession with Firenze, but I’m afraid there’s much more to come.  I haven’t even touched on the Uffizi or Palazzo Vecchio yet.  Can you guess where our Monday walk takes us?

Have a great weekend, won’t you, and hopefully join Cate with your six words?


  1. Just beautiful … just the magical Jo-way and that sky is …. Happy that you were so lucky with the weather. End of March next year .. it will be my turn.

      1. Of course I will love Florence … no doubt what so ever. Yes, we click with the same places … but I think it’s very easy to click with Florence … I didn’t click with Rome .. and Paris as you know.

  2. Ah Jo. Firenze my favourite city in the whole wide wonderful world. I spent some time there in a little apartment far from the madding crowd of tourists and bored everyone senseless with my daily blogs. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and yes, feelings about Firenze.

      1. I think if each one of us on the planet carried some sunshine and sprinkled it about the world would be a far better place. All we can do is each do our part. xo

  3. Great series of posts on Florence Jo, they made me want to return there! I think I’ll hike those steps this time, instead of renting a car. Mad mad mad Tuscan drivers 🙂 -Verne

  4. Your view of Florence and the Arno and the mountains brings my own time there back in vivid flashes. So very satisfying to see it looking as lovely and mysterious and heavy with history as ever.

  5. Very beautiful images. I’m always happy can see them.
    I am happy to travel to wonderful places through images.
    I’m fascinated by your posts. Thank you for sharing with us.
    You have a wonderful evening and all the best. Hugs, Stefania ❤

  6. I know you’re not bonkers enough to think I’d get bored, I’m loving every photo and word you post. You’re way better than the guide books because you dig deep. I’d never heard of San Miniato, but I’ll add it to the list now and take some ibuprofen gel for the knees! Look at all that blue sky, weren’t you lucky I don’t suppose there was much warmth though, especially at night? Hugs and thanks sweetheart!

    1. Thanks, darlin! You’re far too kind. Mine is just a sort of wistful wander around whatever appeals to me. The temperatures got up to 16/17C at times and there was a bit of cloud cover at night so we didn’t do badly at all. 🙂 🙂

  7. Not bored at all!! 😀😀Thoroughly loving this series,your photos capture that wonderful Mediterranean light beautifully where anything and everything acquires that magical aura! I’ve climbed the steps and loved the views across the city…wonderful.

    1. Hi Suzanne 🙂 I always had high hopes (ha! ha!) for Florence, but the reality exceeded even my expectations. I really loved it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    1. Yes, easier for sure but there are photo opportunities I would have missed, Carol. Did I say somewhere that I like to see a place top to bottom? 🙂 🙂 Glutton for punishment comes to mind. Hope you’re having a good weekend? It will almost have disappeared now? 😦

  8. Steps are not my favourite things, going down is worse than going up! Or at least my knees think so… Lovely photos and you had good weather it seems, you wouldn’t have seen much in my part of the world this week. And no. I am not in the least bored, but bus nos and other info would be useful – e.g where to stay, where to eat 🙂

    1. You know my blog is a piece of self indulgence and not intended to be useful, don’t you? 🙂 🙂 I always hesitate to recommend places to eat because we’re not at all the gourmet type. In Florence I’d done the research and had a few places I wanted to eat but the husband either didn’t fancy them or it was too far to walk at the end of a long day. 🙂 🙂 We stayed at the Mercure Centro Firenze- large and modern, with a lot of steps but a lift too. 🙂 It was 5 minutes from Santa Maria Novella station and an excellent location, with dozens of restaurant choices. Virtually every other building on Via Nazionale was a hotel so it’s a case of selecting a good deal in that area. It’s very flat on that side of Florence, so no problems there.

      1. It’s good to know a location for walking into the city – when I have accompanied OH to conferences often the hotels are way out and require using transportation which can be simple or not!

    1. It was a lovely, if exhausting, day, Cathy 🙂 The weather does change for my next post but there are compensations. You ok, hon? Excited about what’s ahead? 🙂

      1. There are always some compensations to find when traveling. You can always duck into museums or cafes and happily enjoy the day. I know you never have a wasted or bored moment. 🙂

        All is well here, Jo. I’m very excited, especially now that I finished the 10-hour eLearning course I had to take. I hate having to worry about work clothes, since my employer is so strict about them. I’m used to teaching in jeans or business casual clothes, not in suits and proper blouses and pantyhose!! Ugh. I wish I was going there just to travel and not work, but the money of course will pay for my travels. It’s all an adventure. I just got a book of 29 walks in Tokyo, so I can hopefully squeeze a lot urban hiking in while I’m there. 🙂

  9. I love your photos, Jo. Traveling with a tour group creates a problem… we were on the bus most of the time and didn’t get to see things we liked to see. ;-( Thank you for sharing!!!
    Have a wonderful day!

  10. I’m OK doing steps, but they do wear you out when they appear in the hundreds. Up is good exercise. Down is bad for the knees. So. Ideally there is something spectacular to see at the top, and aicnic table for lunch. 🙂

      1. Good lass! We can take it slow and admire the views. There’s a rose garden part way up. Not much to look at in February but a place to rest a while. 🙂

  11. Wonderful to see your walking tours again Jo! Last time I was in Florence was in 1975, great memories came flooding back – the timeline feels as ancient as some of the ruins (ha).

      1. Well yes and no……there’s be a rather large health hiccup for my husband….but thankfully all resolving. It adds complexity to what was an already quite complex transition!! Thanks for asking Xx

  12. How could one possibly tire of reading & viewing about Florence. With such beauty in every direction, one always has the option to rest awhile on the steps😉

  13. I’m humming “Thanks for the memory” as I read your post and view your images. My picture of Piazzale Michaelangelo has a lovely white cat sitting on the top step in sole charge of the view over Florence. S(he) refused to budge so I took her picture, maybe that’s what she wanted,

    1. You are! 🙂 🙂 Did you follow the link to Porta San Niccolo? It shows yet another aspect of the tower. I read somewhere that it’s a museum that opens infrequently. I’d love to get inside. Thanks, Gabe!

      1. I love that about Italy (and Spain) don’t you? There is far less pressure to maintain set business hours. 9-5 can become 1-3 on Thursday, just as easily as Saturday can be a 15 hr day. It speaks to a preference for quality of life over productivity that I love visiting.

      2. Yes 🙂 There was a lovely relaxed ambience in most of the restaurants too- despite being busy. Years of practise. I get frantic in the kitchen just feeding a couple of us.

  14. I believe steps are not good for our physical health, but also for our mental one. We should always climb up to see the most beautiful….
    Stunning gallery of your pictures, dear Jo! Happy weekend!

  15. Definitely depends on what’s at the top. Added bonus if you have an alternative route down. I’ll take Florentine steps any day. (The ones on our waterfront that I had to run up 6 times as part of a fitness torture…er…routine, not so much.)

  16. With your awesome shots , i’m revising my last trip to Florence….
    You make me wish to go back there as soon as possible, (before May) for summer is quite hot there!
    Splendid post , Jo!

      1. I had to map up my own trip to Ferrara , which will take me a week or so, (March,16 /march24) before asking for your future plans in Italy…..
        I don’t know if you are travelling alone and how long you will remain in Florence…
        IT WOULD BE AN INMENSE PLEASURE to meet you in Milan , though , unluckily , in my small flat there isn’t any guest -room…..
        But I could search for some BB next to my home …. PLEASE LET ME KNOW…..
        Looking forward to hearing from you…..,

    1. Anna, I feel so guilty! I was teasing a little. Much as I would love to come to your lovely city, I was only in Florence for 3 days and am back in the UK, sadly with no plans to return to Italy. I have loved your country all of my life, but since we bought a home in Portugal spare time is usually spent there. Just occasionally I get to wander a little farther, and Florence was the fulfilment of a dream. So sorry to have misled you. If ever I should get to return I will assuredly come knocking on your door to say hello. Thank you for your kindness and wonderful support for my blog. 🙂 🙂

  17. I love steps! There’s always promise of views (and even if the views are disappointing) I know it has worn off a few cake calories!
    Great shots here Jo – I really enjoyed those views with you.
    Happy laundry day!

  18. I am certainly not bored at all, Jo. I feel like I am taking a lovely, leisurely tour of Firenze each week with you 🙂 What a lovely view up at Piazzale Michelangelo, lovely blue sky day too. If I had time, I’d go for steps but usually if I’m traveling, the fastest route that is within my budget would be my choice. Must always remember to have some $$$ for food and drink 😉

    1. It’s well worth waiting for, Emilio! I daren’t tell you how many years it’s taken me but it was a long time. Loved it to bits 🙂 Thanks for your company.

  19. I’m certainly not bored and can’t wait for more ☺
    And I’d certainly been in the foolhardy category and have kept going – not sure about MrB!

  20. Lovely picture of Florence from the top. I remember that walk, strenuous going up but much easier on the way down. Were there many people up there? I remember lots of coach parties and tourist tat stalls!

    1. Fairly laid back, Andrew. I think there was a coach or two but people ebbed and flowed so it didn’t feel hassled. The joys of taking a chance on February weather. It mostly did work 🙂 🙂 Happy Saturday!

      1. Not so exotic! Zumba then sorting the youngsters washing/packing to get him back down to Leeds. Lazy day tomorrow. 🙂 Thought of you last Sunday. We were at Burton Agnes and only a stone’s throw away from Beverley. Miserable weather (then and now) so it’ll be good for museums. Spring was nice! 2 whole days 🙂

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